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Overview In these pages you will find inspiring, true stories of people who didn't have hope_until they had a home. Stories of children who gained identity and confidence for their future. Of families made stronger and healthier and prison inmates who are now giving back to their communities. Of entire comminutes bonding together around an ethic of hard work and mutual respect. Of denominational, political, and racial barriers falling with every swing of the hammer. Of a growing host of young people
In these pages you will find inspiring, true stories of people who didn't have hope―until they had a home. Stories of children who gained identity and confidence for their future. Of families made stronger and healthier and prison inmates who are now giving back to their communities. Of entire communities bonding together around an ethic of hard work and mutual respect. Of denominational, political, and racial barriers falling with every swing of the hammer. Of a growing host of young people engaged in the quest to end poverty housing. And even some wonderful love stories.
The end result is nothing less than the transformation of lives, communities, and families―one person, one home at a time. Which, of course, has always been the dream―to build more than houses.
"Habitat for Humanity is building much more than houses. By building hope it is building relationships, strengthening communities, and nurturing families." ―Actor Paul Newman, Habitat supporter
"Rosalynn and I believe in Habitat's integrity, effectiveness, and tremendous vision. With Habitat, we build more than houses. We build families, communities, and hope." ―Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
"I could have gone through my whole life bouncing back and forth on welfare. Habitat makes a difference, and allows people to be what God intended them to be instead of what their circumstances dictate." ―Missouri homeowner Terrie Robinson
Citations And Professional Reviews More Than Houses by Millard Fuller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/13/1999 page 78
Booklist - 10/01/1999 page 319
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 1999
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849937620 ISBN13 9780849937620
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More About Millard Fuller
Millard Fuller is the founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. Fuller's business expertise and entrepreneurial drive made him a millionaire by age 29. Then, after a rededication of his life to family and to following God's path, Fuller and his wife, Linda, decided to sell their possessions and give the money to the poor. Following missions work in Africa, the Fullers founded Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia. Fuller has written nine books about his work with Habitat for Humanity. He has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, and more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees for his outstanding leadership toward meeting the goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.
Millard Fuller currently resides in Americus. Millard Fuller was born in 1935.
Reviews - What do customers think about More Than Houses?
Building a Better World with the Ministry of the Hammer May 30, 2003
If you have ever wondered if you could find an activity that would make you much happier and more fulfilled, please read this book and see what becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity International could mean for you.
I thought I knew a lot about Habitat for Humanity International. I've read some of Mr. Fuller's earlier books. I've listened to him and other Habitat leaders speak about the organization and its fine work. One of my sons has worked with Habitat for many years and married a wonderful woman he met while out building a Habitat home. I've even written about Habitat in each the last two books I've co-authored. Despite that background, I really needed to read this book to catch up on so many things I didn't know.
The book's format is to share stories from volunteers, staff member and families who have bought Habitat homes around a few themes: Making dreams come true; better lives for children; improving families; developing better neighborhoods; making healthier lives; launching new careers; inspiring love and marriage; creating friendships; building faith; rehabilitating prisoners; bridging cultural and religious differences; pursuing happiness; and inspiring a new generation to decently house those in want.
As a result, this is not the kind of book that you will praise for its writing, its structure, its choice of similes, or its illustrations. But all will find it to be a book that can be praised and appreciated for its heart, its love and its understanding. My life has been filled with a wonderful glow since I finished reading it. I am very grateful that Mr. Fuller kindly shared it with me.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry. But it's a ministry that seeks to do good through good works by involving and serving everyone . . . whether Christians or not. It's scope is enormous and growing rapidly. In fact, one reason I write about Habitat is because it has been so much more successful than other organizations in accomplishing its purposes and getting better at doing so.
Here are some of the things I learned that I did not know from this book. When dozens of Habitat homes are built in the same community, the residents often band together to help root out crime in the area. So a good place to build these homes is in high crime neighborhoods, to replace so-called crack houses and other places being used for wrong purposes. Many people live in such substandard conditions before getting Habitat housing that their health measurably improves along with their psychological outlook. Poor people, prisoners, and simply people who want to change their line of work are often able to learn building and management skills that turn into jobs from working as Habitat volunteers. Lonely people find friends . . . including old ones they haven't seen in a while. As I read the pages, I saw several photos of my friends whom I did not know were involved as Habitat volunteers. Many people come to find religious faith through the experience of helping and being helped by Habitat volunteers.
Reading books is a great way to spend your time. Helping others is an even better one. Why don't you read some or all of this book and then volunteer a day with Habitat in the next year and to see how you like it? There's a lot More Than Houses involved!
May God bless you!
Habitat for Humanity is more than houses! Nov 3, 2000
This book is a great account of the other aspects of Habitat. Habitat is more than houses because it involves people -- not just physical buildings. Fuller describes how Habitat gives people a sense of pride and a chance to move on in their life. As well, Fuller explains that Habitat gives people the opportunity to meet who never would have met or allow people (i.e. prisoners) the chance to volunteer with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity also can foster romantic relationships, of which Fuller gives accurate accounts. Habitat for Humanity believes that God's love makes everyone equal. Millard Fuller writes a very descriptive account of how Habitat is more than houses, it is a way of life.